Why Do I Need a Freight Forwarder?

International trade can be overwhelming.

Learn how freight forwarders help importers and exporters simplify the shipping process.

What is a freight forwarder?

Freight forwarders are logistics service providers relied on by importers and exporters to handle movement of their goods.

A freight forwarder acts on behalf of an importer or exporter to arrange cargo transportation and make sure their freight arrives at its destination via the fastest transit time and at the best rate.

Do I need a freight forwarder?

There is no legal requirement for importers or exporters to work with a freight forwarder.

But shipping internationally requires in-depth understanding of government regulations, industry standards, as well as industry software necessary to communicate with Customs.

It is highly advisable to work with a knowledgeable freight forwarder in order to save on costs and avoid penalties and delays.

Related Article: How Do I Choose a Freight Forwarder?

What does a freight forwarder do?

Freight forwarders offer a variety of services for importers and exporters, including:

Air Freight Forwarding

Air freight is the fastest mode of transport and almost always a higher cost than ocean freight. Your freight forwarder should be able to advise what transportation options best achieve your company goals.

Ocean Freight Forwarding

Booking your cargo on an ocean vessel involves longer transit times, but can be a more affordable option. Your freight forwarder will be able to give you information regarding current freight rates and advise optimal routings.

Other forwarding services:

  • setting up cargo insurance
  • arranging domestic transportation
  • filing necessary documentation with relevant government agencies (such as export documents)

Companies like C J International offer both international freight forwarding and Customs brokerage services, coordinating freight transportation as well as Customs clearance upon arrival into the U.S.

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